Harry Bosch has always been true to his personal values - "Everyone counts or nobody counts". The unsolved mystery of Angella Benton's murder, a case he had been pulled off four years earlier had always bothered him. Now retired after almost 30 years of dealing with the disillusionment and hypocrisy of police administration, he decided to indulge his whim, his curiosity and his dogged, determined sense of personal mission. The investigation of the stone cold Angella Benton murder seemed like a good way to test drive his newly minted private investigator's licence even if it meant he was his own client.
When Bosch re-examines the trail of clues, the now dusty murder book and the thread of his initial investigations, he quickly comes to believe that Benton's murder was somehow tied to the theft of $2 million in cold, hard cash that was used as a prop in a movie being shot by the company Benton worked for. Bosch understands that if he can solve one crime, he'll solve the other but he also sees that there are two million really good reasons for the bad guys to ensure that, one way or another, Bosch is unsuccessful in his investigations.
Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels are never short on exciting, convoluted, credible and compelling plot lines. "Lost Light" is certainly no exception to that rule. But, as always, this Harry Bosch novel is a rich, complex, dark, angst driven, psychological study that continues to build Harry Bosch into the kind of multi-layered character that mystery fans will be reading and writing about for many, many years to come.
A twist in the side plot involving Bosch's on-again, off-again relationship with his ex-wife, former FBI agent, Eleanor Wish, provides a whole new layer of story and plot potential in Bosch's private life that, to the certain delight of Bosch fans, Connelly will undoubtedly be drawing upon in future novels.
On an interesting side note, one of Bosch's primary informants on the Benton case is one of the original two investigating officers. Sadly, the officer is now a quadriplegic as a result of a gunshot wound received in the course of his duties. Aside from being an integral part of this richly plotted novel, Connelly's portrayal of the life of a quadriplegic and his supportive caregiver wife is almost heart-breaking in its realism.
Nine novels into the long-running Harry Bosch canon and Connelly is showing no signs of weakness or abatement in a string of successes. Highly recommended. Up next is "The Narrows".